Child critical after being thrown from third floor balcony

A 5-year-old boy who was seriously injured when he was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America near Minneapolis remains hospitalized.

Bloomington police Chief Jeffrey Potts said in a news conference Saturday that the boy fell almost 40 feet after a man threw him off the balcony Friday.

A witness told WCCO that the child's mother was heard screaming after the incident.

He said she was screaming, 'Everybody pray, everybody pray.

It has been reported that Landen Hoffmann from Woodbury, Minnesota, was tossed to the marble ground beneath the balcony on Friday (12 April) as his mum screamed: "Oh my God, my baby - someone threw him over the edge".

Emmanuel Aranda, 24, was arrested in the mall's transit station after running away from the scene.

Mr Potts went on to explain how Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda has previously been arrested at the Mall of America.

He reiterated that the family did not know Aranda and said they "are completely clueless as to why this monster would target their family with this heinous act of violence".

At the news conference Saturday, Potts said his police department had an additional encounter with Aranda, in which he refused to pay his bill at a restaurant.

Hanneman confirmed that the child is still alive and being cared for in the hospital. His mother, Johnson told ABC 5, pleaded with the onlookers: "Everyone please pray".

Onlookers said a woman began shouting after the child was attacked.

'This was a senseless act and words can not truly express our profound shock and sadness, ' the Mall of America said in a statement on Friday.

For these past charges, Aranda was banned from the mall through July 2016.

"We don't believe that there is a threat to the public at this point as the suspect has been located", he said, adding that the incident appeared to be isolated.

Mall of America officials said any more information about the incident will come from police. We know that this is a concerning event for all of us.

Police are still investigating what the motive was as well. He had also swept his hand across a display table at the beauty store Bare Minerals, breaking lip gloss containers and shot glasses, police said. Two misdemeanors stemmed from incidents at the mall in 2015.

In a separate incident three months later, Aranda reportedly threw ice water and tea at a woman in a mall restaurant when she declined to buy him food, CNN reported.